Experts: Cool summer was great for Indiana winemakers
Experts predict high-quality crop of wine grapes
Last Updated: 97 days ago
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University wine experts say Indiana's mild summer and recent dry spell have given the state's wine grapes the ingredients for some particularly flavorful, aromatic wines.
Purdue viticulture specialist Bruce Bordelon says July and August's cooler than normal temperatures helped ripening grapes accumulate sugar and maintain desirable acid levels.
He says August's unusually dry conditions also aided Indiana's grape crop because heavy rainfall can cause ripened grapes to split, making them vulnerable to pests and disease.
Bordelon says mid- and early-ripening varieties of grapes "should do really well" this year, although he's concerned there might not be enough warm weeks left for some grapes to fully ripen.
Bill Oliver of Oliver Winery said his creekside vineyard has enjoyed the perfect mix of sunny days and cool evenings.
Oliver said the vineyard was ahead of schedule thanks to perfect weather during the ripening period.
“I’m thrilled, I mean, we’ve already picked our first crop yesterday. It was perfect. It was pinot grigio and we’ve got a bunch more coming in next week,” Oliver said. "I was concerned about the long-term health of the vineyard. We talked about fruit potential, that it would affect the crop for this year."
Purdue enologist Christian Butzke says he expects "a high quality crop and really complex, interesting wines."
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